As of date, Texas A&M-Commerce Football has to it’s name 23 Lone Star Conference Championship and 3 Lone Star Conference Division Champions. Over the rest of the offseason, it will be my goal to feature all of them, so lets get to it, starting with the first.
The 1933 East Texas State College Lions were the first LSC Championship team. Coached by J.W. Rollins, the Lions, started off the season in a less than impressive form by getting shut out by McMurry 7-0 in Abilene. The next week, things did not get much better as they tied Northwestern Louisiana State 0-0 at the old College Field in Commerce. Rollins saw that his T-Formation was not quite producing the results he needed, so he decided to use a few passing plays to keep the opposing defenses guessing, and it was just enough. The Lions trekked down to Deep East Texas back to back weeks, knocking off Stephen F. Austin State 12-6 and Sam Houston State 14-13 in gutsy defensive struggles. The “Dandy Lions” as they were called during that time, returned home to ring the Victory Bell as they shut out Trinity 19-0, but then experienced disappointment north of the Red River as they fell to the Southeastern Oklahoma Savages 20-0. The silver lining behind that cloud was that the Lions were undefeated in conference play with two huge games looming. The first was against regional rival and defending LSC Champion, the North Texas State Eagles. The two teams battled it out in Denton, but it was the Lions from the East that prevailed 6-0. In the final game of the year in Commerce, the Lions used a R.A. Hitt Quarterback sneak to plunge into the end zone and shut down the Bobcat offense. The Student body and the fans at College Field roared at the final gun, and Mr. Sam’s Bell rang out loud to celebrate a 5-2-1 season, and 5-0 in conference play. That night, the lyrics to the school song rang out:
“Fight! Fight! Fight! for Alma Mater dear;
We’re gonna win that game today.
Let our voices ring loud and clear
In the old East Texas way.
Yell! Yell! Yell! East Texas you’re all right;
You are the best of all.
We’re gonna down those Bobcats
And then come home tonight,
With a Lion victory call.
Fight, Team! Fight! Fight! Fight!
East Texas Lions are marching on today,
Onward to victory!”
The 1933 Lions shut out 5 opponents and placed 6 players on the LSC All Conference First Team. They were Quarterback R.A. Hitt, Offensive Guard Bob Killingsworth, Fullback Brummell Little, Offensive Tackle Steven Matthews, Halfback Herman Morgan, and defensive end Melton Owen. It was the first of two LSC Championships for Coach J.W. Rollins.